DHL Express is shaping the future for sustainable aviation with an order for 12 all-electric cargo planes from Eviation.
DHL aims to set up an electric Express network, with the all-electric aircrafts targeted for operations in the southeast and west coast of the US.
The ‘Alice’ aircraft can be flown by a single pilot, will require 30 minutes or less to charge per flight hour and have a maximum range of up to 815 kilometres.
It can be charged while loading and unloading operations occur, ensuring quick turnaround times.
Alice’s advanced electric motors also have fewer moving parts to increase reliability and reduce maintenance costs, with its operating software constantly monitoring flight performance to ensure optimal efficiency.
John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express said: “We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics. Therefore, our investments always follow the objective of improving our carbon footprint.
“On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions. Founded in 1969, DHL Express has been known as a pioneer in the aviation industry for decades. We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation.”